Come Celebrate as 'After Hours' Turns 1
Byline: Barbara Vitello
Ever consider sipping a Chablis while enjoying a Seurat? Do you like to socialize while you savor great art? If so, check out the Art Institute of Chicago after hours.
The museum, located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., began hosting the monthly "After Hours" a year ago.
"After closing time, it is designed for folks who have trouble finding time for art in the midst of trying to balance a family, career and a commute. For busy professionals, art after hours is one way to enjoy one of the city's finest museums," says Christine O'Neill, the Art Institute's vice president for development.
"After Hours came about because we were interested in finding a way to fit into the lives of people who hadn't found a way to fit the Art Institute into their lives."
The idea, says O'Neill, is to draw people in and make them feel comfortable.
So far, the combination of great and lively entertainment has attracted enthusiastic Loop professionals eager to spend an evening wandering the galleries free from the 9 to 5 crush. In fact, some have become members as a result of their after hours visit. …